Wage board approves P16 hike in Central Luzon

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board III has issued Wage Order RBIII-20 that provides a P16 increase in daily minimum wage for private sector workers in Central Luzon effective May 1.

“The Board deemed it best to increase the minimum wage at a reasonable and equitable level in light of the regional poverty threshold level vis-à-vis average wage, along the need to promote performance-based incentive schemes under the Two-Tiered Wage System,” the order stated.

As such, new minimum wage for the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales will be P380 for non-agriculture establishments with total assets of P30 million or more, P373 for non-agriculture establishments with total assets of less than P30 million, P350 for agriculture plantation, P334 for agriculture non-plantation, P369 for retail/service with 16 or more workers, and P355 for retail/service with less than 16 workers.

Moreover, new minimum wage for the province of Aurora is P329 for non-agriculture, P314 for agriculture plantation, P302 for agriculture non-plantation, and P264 for Retail/Service with less than 16 workers. (PIA)